One of my favorite places to visit when I return to Jensen Beach in Florida is Indian Riverside Park. It’s a 63 acre park that is on the Indian River Lagoon. There are so many things to love about the park that today I will just focus on one of the spots that I like to visit at the park. It is the Mansion at Tuckahoe.
This is the view looking up at the Mansion from the Terrace Amphitheater.
The Mansion has been on the Register of Historic Places since 2005 and is built on Mount Elizabeth Mound. The information that I was able to find is that the property was built in 1938 by Willaford Leach and his wife Anna Bates Leach (a Coca-Cola heiress). It was named “Tuckahoe” because it was believed that was the Native American word for “Welcome”.
In 1950, Tuckahoe was sold to the Catholic Church and became St. Joseph’s College. The college closed in 1972 and was sold to Florida Institute of Technology. It was purchased in 1996 by the County. It sat unused until its restoration by the Friends of Mount Elizabeth in 2009.
The Mansion is now used as a rental venue. You can see in some of my old photos from when we lived nearby that it overlooks the Indian River Lagoon. Its location and grandeur make it a popular wedding venue. I have not had any reasons to go inside so I can’t tell you much about that. The Tuckahoe Terrace Amphitheater is a fun place to hang out and smell the salty air. The boardwalk that runs along the park passes by the mansion along the river.
The church we attended when we lived there hosted a Easter Sunrise Service there (daybreak and I don’t typically meet) and I’ve seen that some other churches have hosted a Sunrise Service there in the years since. I have seen the sun rise over the Indian River Lagoon and it is a beauty! There have also been some concerts held at the amphitheater.
There are rumors that the Mansion is haunted. Again, I’ve never been inside, but the fact that the plaque says “ceremonial” grounds….I have had experiences in life that can’t just be explained away, so I don’t rule anything out.
I’m including this in Thursday Doors, hosted by Norm 2.0. I wish the doors were a little more spectacular (and there may be some that are), but they fit nicely in with the large amounts of glass that offer a beautiful view of the surrounding area.
Let your light shine!